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Emirates and Etihad step closer with new security pact

January 10, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Emirates and Etihad have signed a security pact that will see them share information and intelligence.

Abu Dhabi-based news source The National quoted an Emirates statement saying the new agreement – the first between the two competing airlines – involves Emirates Group Security and Etihad Aviation Group working “together on operational areas both within and outside the UAE”.

Emirates Group Security will provide security and training programs to Etihad.

Emirates president Tim Clark and Etihad’s new group chief executive Tony Douglas signed the deal.

Emirates A380

Last October, Clark said Emirates was open to working with Etihad, including on procurement.

“I think there is value to be had working more closely with them,” he said.

A few months before, in April, Clark scorned reports that Emirates and Etihad were planning to merge and create a gigantic Gulf super-carrier dwarfing other airlines.

Etihad A380

Speaking to reporters at the ITB tourism fair in Berlin, Clark dismissed reports that the ruling families of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – who own the two airlines – were discussing a plan to merge them. Clark described the rumours as “nonsense”.

Since Etihad was founded, it has competed almost head-to-head with Emirates. The two carriers have built global networks from their respective hubs in Abu Dhabi and Dubai – just 128 kilometres apart, about the same distance as Sydney is from Newcastle NSW.

Written by Peter Needham

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